Black pens, box of twenty ..... $2.10 Blue ” ” ” ” ..... $2.35
In China the corresponding historical mark was two horizontal lines (二), found in bronze script from the Zhou Dynasty, as in the example at right (circa 825 BCE). In script form this became 〻, and is now written as 々; see iteration mark.
The word ditto comes from the Tuscan language, where it is the past participle of the verb dire (to say), with the meaning of "said", as in the locution "the said story". The first recorded use of ditto with this meaning in English occurs in 1625.
The graphical shape of the ditto mark may vary according to different language uses. It is generally represented by a quotation mark pointing to the right. Therefore, it would be ” in English, » in French, „ in German, and so on. The abbreviation do. is also used, as in image at right.
The usage of other characters should be avoided such as:
- The straight double quotation mark U+0022 " quotation mark (HTML
") is from the typewriter era, when there were no resources to type the curved quotation mark (”);
- The double prime U+2033 ″ double prime (HTML
″) has a slightly different shape and it is used in other contexts (mathematical, measurement, etc.);
- The character U+3003 〃 ditto mark (HTML
〃) is to be used in CJK scripts only.
- "Oxford Dictionaries". Retrieved 3 November 2016.
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- Definition at The Free Dictionary
- "Unicode Standard Annex #24: Unicode Script Property". 2.9 Script_Extensions Property. Retrieved 2013-05-19.
- "ScriptExtensions.txt". Retrieved 2013-05-19.
- "CJK symbols and Punctuation" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-05-20.
- The dictionary definition of 〃 at Wiktionary